Fox News guest: Gun background checks for mental illness will include abortions

By David Edwards
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:03 EDT
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Star Parker speaks to Fox News
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A Fox News guest on Tuesday warned that a Democratic plan to expand gun background checks would allow the Ku Klux Klan to control black people and keep firearms out of the hands of women who had an abortion.

Conservative columnist Star Parker told Fox News host Sean Hannity that she had created a web advertisement linking KKK lynchings to gun control because “the Democrats in the Senate are insistent on passing background check laws.”

“I thought it appropriate to remind Americans that we’ve been here before,” she explained. “How is it that 5 percent of the population, the KKK — six million people in a country of more than 100 million — how is it that 5 percent were able to wreak havoc over 4 million new citizens, the former slaves? And one of the ways is because they systematically — the Democrats in power, the Democrats in political power in the South — systematically passed gun control laws in black code so that blacks would not be able to exercise their right to bear arms.”

“Do you think that is the motive of some people now?” Hannity wondered.

“Come on, these are same Democrats that gave us Obamacare,” Parker insisted. “Let me tell you something about this background check discussion that we don’t get to ask about, how do we know what those qualifiers are going to be?”

“Because they’re saying if you’ve had any mental problem in your background, well, does that mean that their going to ask questions about abortion?” she added. “Because people who have had abortion, according to studies, have a tendency to have mental challenges later on.”

As Media Matters noted on Tuesday, a 2008 American Psychological Association task force found “no credible evidence” that “having a single abortion causes mental health problems.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast March 19, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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